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coverage, "nbc nightly news" from boston begins now. >> announcer: "terror in boston." this is "nbc nightly news with brian williams" reporting tonight from boston. >> well, good evening from boston, just a few blocks from where the explosions rocked the finish line at the boston marathon yesterday. it was a shocking event in the life of this city. today receiving, of course, widespread coverage as yet another terrorist incident in our post-9/11 era. here's where the toll stands tonight. three dead, 176 injured, 71 people are still hospitalized. 24 of them in critical condition. among the dead, a boston university grad student, an 8-year-old boy, martin richard, from dorchester and 29-year-old krystle campbell of medford, mass. we learned today the president will be coming here on thursday for an interfaith service. at the white house today flags were at half-staff, and we heard again from the president who, for the first time, used the word "terrorism" to describe what happened here. >> the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians,
are in critical condition. several people required amputations and doctors say more are likely. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams is standing by. i am just reading information that you put in regarding the components of this bomb and what authorities believe was used to make the explosives. what can you tell me? >> they say they were crudely made. that doesn't mean that they weren't powerful and they were. they were made with gunpowder, bbs and ball bearings packed inside a pressure cooker. let me point to a picture from a homeland security bulletin. we're going to get in real tight on these little pots down here. this is what pressure cookers look like. give it a second to focus and see how much tighter we can get. these are what pressure cookers look like in case you haven't seen them. these are rather inexpensive pressure cookers. in case you've not ever dealt with one. a pot with a cover on it that you can make basically air tight and food cooks faster. and then for at least a decade, they've been used to make bombs around the world. so inside is the explosive and the authorities
education, one child at a time. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news, orlando. >> nice to have a few good stories. >>> coming up, turning your home's klutt >>> good morning to you. 8:26. i'm laura garcia-cannon. new information about the busted bolts on the bay bridge. caltrans missed a chance to test the bolts before they were installed. "san francisco chronicle" reports caltrans engineers actually ordered the test in 2008. the agency was concerned about the supplier's quality control but the tests were never performed because the contractor in charge of the bridge questioned whether they were required. last month more than 30 bolts cracked after being tightened on the new span of the bay bridge. want to check the morning commute with mike. how is it looking out there? >> busy as you would expect at this time on wednesday. the coliseum, the right side, congestion northbound, commute direction. your map will show you the same thing for 880 and 580, although 580 less traveled. that's good news. new crash off the interchange, lafayette, may cause sloping. chp arriving. 680 starting to calm
. and for the very latest on the investigation, we're joined now by nbc news justice correspondent pete williams from washington. so, pete, the very latest on the pressure cooker scenario that you're hearing? >> right. as you say, used for decades in terms of building bombs, so that's not going to be an area of inquiry that will immediately lead them in a certain direction, because the instructions, unfortunately, for making these devices are all over internet. just last month, the al qaeda online magazine "inspire" repeated an article that showed how to build pressure cooker bombs. so they've been out there for a long time. the part, the components of this device appear not to be very fancy. in addition to that, there were shrapnel, ball bearings, bbs, from the sound of the doctors you heard at the beginning of your program, apparently nails as well. and then for the explosive basically gun powder, smokeless powder that's commonly available in sporting goods stores. so all these pieces are easily available. some kind of timer as well. then placed in black sacks and put in two different spots. so wha
and arrest the unabomber, ted kaczynski. within the last hour nbc news has confirmed a letter bomb -- not a letter. i should say a letter that tested positive for ricin or some other toxic substance was addressed to senator roger wicker of mississippi. it was intercepted before reaching the senator's office. let's begin this hour with nbc justice correspondent pete williams and former cia counterterrorism director larry johnson. two best guests we could have. pete, let's go back to that picture we just saw from whdh up there, boston affiliate of nbc. what are the experts making of the fact that it was there, that bag, whatever it is sitting there before the explosion and then in this picture taken afterwards you can see the smoke trailing up to the left there diagona diagonally? what does that tell us? >> it tells us it's something they're investigating, chris. they know, they believe very strongly that the bombs were brought to the scene in backpacks. but i think it's fair to say they're looking at whether after they got there, they put them in these shopping bags. now, that thing
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